This Smartboard unit focuses on Patricia Polacco, her life, and works. Books covered include "The Keeping Quilt," "Chicken Sunday," "My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother," "The Trees of the Dancing Goats," "Meteor!" and "Thank you Mr. Falker." Also included are lessons on cause and effect, story elements, inference, and author's purpose.
Through the unit, students keep up with a graphic organizer which describes the books they have read, so that comparing the stories is simple at the end of the unit. Also included is a final project choice board which can be completed either independently or in pairs. This unit takes approximately three weeks to complete.